Senator Cornyn

Service Academies

As the son of a B-17 World War II Air Force pilot, Senator Cornyn holds members of the United States Armed Forces in the highest esteem. For this reason, he considers it an honor and a privilege to nominate outstanding young Texans to the United States Service Academies. Because nominations are one of his most important responsibilities, Senator Cornyn has assembled an Academy Selection Board to review the applications. They weigh each decision very carefully and take many factors into consideration when selecting the talented young men and women who represent our great state.

To assist with this process, candidates submit an extensive application that documents their academic, athletic, and leadership abilities as well as their commitment to military service.

Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with federal law, applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy:

  • A legal resident of the State of Texas
  • At least 17 years old but not yet 23 years old on July 1st of the year you would enter the academy
  • A graduate of high school before July 1st of the year you would enter the academy
  • Unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation for the support of a dependent 

If you have limited internet or computer access and are unable to submit your application online, please contact us at (512) 469-6034 or for other accommodations.

Additional Information

Due to the high volume of applicants and limited number of permitted nominations per member of Congress, all candidates are strongly encouraged to also apply for a nomination from Senator Cruz, their U.S. Representative, and other possible nomination sources, such as Office of the President and Vice President, and the Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Applying to other offices will not affect your chances of securing a nomination from Senator Cornyn.

To be considered for admission to a service academy, you must be selected by the admissions committee of your chosen service academy, receive a congressional nomination, and pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), and medical exam. Some academies also prefer coursework with a demonstrated interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Service academies consider a candidate’s whole application, including class rank, standardized test scores, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and athletics.


Academy Admissions Representatives

We strongly recommend contacting your chosen academy’s state admissions representatives. These individuals are a great resource to provide additional information on their application process and to assist prospective cadets and families.

Air Force Liaison Officers

Merchant Marine Field Reps

Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officers

West Point Field Force


Additional Resources

Additional information on how to apply to the service academy of your choice can be found at each school’s website:

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Coast Guard Academy*

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Military Academy

U.S. Naval Academy

*Please note the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination.